Karl Persson

Dr. Karl Persson

Karl Persson

Lecturer; Preceptor

Dr. Persson has a Doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters’ degree in English from the University of Regina. His area of scholarly interest is premodern literature, with reference to the ways it intersects with theological, philosophical, and sapiential traditions.

With a Doctorate in Old English literature from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters’ degree in Early Modern literature from the University of Regina, Dr. Persson researches and writes on subjects including intersections of theology and literature; reception of patristic commentary traditions; cultures and modes of wisdom in literature; and issues related to the theological problem of evil and suffering (theodicy).

Having been influenced by various Inklings and Inklings-esque authors early in his life and career – including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, and Charles Williams – Dr. Persson is immensely happy to be a professor and preceptor at Signum University, which he appreciates as an excellent community oriented around the practice and teaching of what C. S. Lewis calls “the reading of old books.” When he is not teaching and researching, he can be found pursuing his interests in creative writing, mental health advocacy, and lay theology, and he is a regular contributor at Patheos Catholic Channel’s contemplative blog, The Inner Room. He lives with his wife, Meg, and his son, Andrew, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he spends much of the year trying to work out ways that snow and winter can somehow be an enriching experience, as iterated in the Old English poem “The Wanderer.”

Other Courses

IDCourse NameDurationStart Date
LNGA 5302Language Invention Through Tolkien12 WeeksJanuary 13, 2016

Other Events

IDEvent NameDurationStart Date
Signum Symposium: Mental Health in the Academy1 HoursSeptember 27, 2018
July 2017 Roundtable: Game of Thrones61 WeeksJuly 25, 2017
June 2017 Symposium: Charles Williams1 HoursJune 15, 2017
Christmas Faculty Roundtable1 HoursDecember 22, 2016
Faculty Chat: Dr. Karl Persson1 HoursNovember 18, 2016